Chief officers answered questions from officers and staff

College’s Professional Community Chair held live chats.

Two of our four Professional Community Chairs – Essex Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh and Sussex Chief Constable Giles York – took questions on the Police OnLine Knowledge Area (POLKA).

The purpose of our Professional Community Chairs is to connect with the membership, represent the public interest and ensure that its work focuses on the issues that will have the biggest impact on the ground.

The POLKA hot seats will be ongoing and give you an opportunity to influence guidance, training and other areas of policing by logging on and sharing your views and asking questions.

Chief Constable Kavanagh, our chair for crime and criminal justice, held his hot seat on Tuesday, 19 January from 3pm - 4.30pm. It took place in a dedicated discussion room on POLKA, which is a secure environment.

Topics discussed included pre-charge bail restrictions and case paper quality. While the hot seat has finished, Chief Constable Kavanagh will continue to monitor the discussion so questions can still be posted.

Sussex Chief Constable Giles York, our chair for professional development and integrity, held an online discussion on Thursday, 14 January, which you can now view on POLKA. You can still post questions in this room, as Chief Constable York will continue to monitor and respond to the discussion.

Topics covered included Direct Entry, diversity and shared leadership.

POLKA can only be viewed by people with secure email addresses (on either the Police National Network or Government Secure Intranet networks) so discussions can be conducted securely.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Helen King, chair of the uniformed policing community, held her first hot seat last October.

Topics raised included improving consistency within public order and public safety and the effectiveness of stop and search.

Lancashire Deputy Chief Constable Andy Rhodes, chair of the organisational development and international community, hosted a POLKA discussion in November.

He was asked a number of questions on subjects including demand management and how to implement wider cultural change in-force.

More information about the chairs is available on our website.

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